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for the student nonviolent coordinating committee was john lewis. in march 1965, the year after freedom summer, it was john lewis and hosea williams who led a group of 600 protesters on a march that started in selma, alabama. we also as americans remember forever selma. but what we remember particularly today about selma is what they were marching for specifically, again, was voting rights. what they were trying to do was march nonviolently this distance, from the city of selma to the state capitol of alabama, to the state capitol, which is montgomery, about 50 miles away. they were stopped that first day when they were trying to march that distance before they ever got out of selma. here, trying to cross the alabama river to get out of town, to get out of selma, the 600 peaceful protesters were met by hundreds of alabama state police and local police. the policemen attacked the protesters. they used tear gas on them. they beat them with billy clubs. the protesters were whipped and stomped on by police horses. the leader of the march, john lewis, took a billy club to the head. he very easily c
helped organize those 1965 marches, our friend and colleague, john lewis. an extraordinary historic figure. extraordinary gentle man. but a giant of courage and principle. we are going as part of an annual pilgrimage. remember that day, bloody sunday, march 7, 1965, and the cause for which those brave americans, black and white, risked their lives for political equality and the perfection of our democracy. mr. speaker, i have been privileged to walk with john lewis across that bridge and others, including at least two presidents, for 10 out of the 13 times that john lewis has re-acted that walk. walking in their footsteps is one way to honor that cause. but it is far from the best way. the best way to do it is to carry on their work, to defend and promote the protections included in the voting rights act that they fought so hard to bring about. on wednesday, mr. speaker, the supreme court will hear arguments in shelby county vs. holbrook. which challenges the constitutionality of one of the voting rights act's central provisions, that is preclearance. making sure that the justice de
are thinking i'm someone special, someone comes and reminds me. yet the spring or recipient named john lewis. i thought it was a wonderful thing. he said, i want to partner you with john lewis. i said, what you talk about, skip? john lewis stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, staring down alabama state troopers for the cause of righteousness. he led the bridge read with his own blood, carried unconscious by to the church. he's a champion of the civil- rights movement. and then it switched to my segment cory booker at age 7 fell off his tricycle and scanned his knee. bleating his sidewalk read, it carried to his mama screaming like a little girl. i cannot escape the weight of history. and you'll give me this privilege. i should be standing here letting you all know the death of gratitude i cannot express. there would be no me without the naacp. [applause] so today you all take on the role of my mama and daddy, by giving me this honor of giving an award that was not turned simply by action. this man is a testimony to the ideals for which this war was conceived. but being that i
in the speech of john lewis who was the chair of the student nonviolent coordinating committee. just days before the march, i had met one of the snick activists at a conference. his name was stokely car michael. and from that time on, i understood that when we refer to martin luther king as the leader of the movement, we're also referring to him as a symbol for something much larger than any one person. i think that that's so important for us to understand as we teach young people about the meaning of martin luther king on martin luther king day, that they understand that they -- their generation is what made the movement possible. that the people who staged the sit-ins, the young children in birmingham, they made the movement possible. and i think that this is a extremely important as we commemorate martin luther king. now, also in the 50 years since the march on washington, some amazing things have happened, in my life and many of the lives of the people in this room. if someone had come to me at the march and said, guess what, in about a dozen years you'll be teaching african-american history
: congressman john lewis says parks, who died in 2005, had not sought attention, but came to accept that she was a symbol that inspired. >> without rosa parks, there wouldn't have been martin luther king jr. and maybe without rosa parks and martin luther king jr., there would be no barack obama. >> reporter: for sculptor eugene daub, knowing rosa parks came through hundreds of photos. >> she seemed to me a very -- not shy, but modest. a very modest woman. and i wanted that -- that to come through. her modesty. >> reporter: daub worked from clay to fashion a likeness that was ultimately cast in bronze. >> we wanted to come up with something that was unique and was somehow even more symbolic than the seat itself, which was the fact of her determination. >> reporter: now rosa parks' courage holds a permanent place of honor. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol. >>> that's our broadcast on a wednesday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night. >>> right now at 6:00 flags fly at half-staff at police departmen
john lewis, democrat from georgia, a civil rights icon whose beating at the bridge in alabama in 1965 helped to bring about the voting rights act. congressman, thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you very much, reverend al for having me here tonight. i'm so pleased to be here after being in the chamber of the supreme court today and going over to see the statue of rosa parks unveiled. it's almost too much. i couldn't believe what i heard today in the chambers by justice scalia. >> you were sitting there. as one who got beaten on that bridge and watched what you watched, to hear voting rights referred to as a racial entitlement, how do you react to that? what were you thinking? >> it was unreal, unbelievable, almost shocking for a member of the court to use that language. i can see politicians and even members of congress, but it is just appalling to me. it is a front to all of what the civil rights movements do it for, what people die for, what people bled for and those of us who marched across that bridge 48 years ago, we didn't march for some racial entitlement. we wanted to
, folks were wishing congressman john lewis a happy birthday. he's 73 years young. john says happy birthday to a true hero and a gentleman. we need more like you. ali says you make me proud to be from georgia. >>> reginald says i appreciate all you've done and continue to do for civil rights. later in the show, find out what president obama said about rosa parks in my interview with him today. but, first, we want to hear what you think. please head over to facebook and search politics nation and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show ends. the carful? how the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. olay ultra moisture body wash can with more moisturizers than seven bottles of the leading body wash. with ultra moisture your body wash is anything but basic. soft, smooth skin with olay. a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel.
talk till our ears bleed about the 49ers and the ravens, jim versus john, ray lewis versus that rookie quarterback, but which city wins the battle of the bay? the city by the bay may have the san francisco treat. >> rice-a-roni, the san francisco treat. >> reporter: but charm city has got some rice of its own. >> hey diddle diddle, up the middle. >> reporter: those aren't really fair comparisons. so let's look at tv shows, full house. while baltimore, well, they're home to the wire and homicide life on the street. >> he ain't man enough to come down to the street with omar. >> reporter: advantage baltimore in this one simply because i'm afraid to answer to these guys. moving on to the silver screen baltimore has john travolta in drag. san fran has dirty harry. >> you've got to ask yourself one question. do i feel lucky. well, do you punk? >> reporter: enough said. tony bennett left his heart in san francisco, but the key here, the francis scott key is baltimore is home to the star spackled banner spangled banner. you can visit ft. mchenry where the star spanning amed banner was wri
this question. representative john lewis, who has been long involved in the civil rights movement. he points out the 16 jurisdictions affected by section v rep zen 25% of the nation's population, they still represent more than 80% of the lawsuits proving voter discrimination. did that come up at all today? >> reporter: yes, those statistics were cited. that's the reason it's a close enough fit. let me bring up one other point. there was something one of the other justices said today that will echo for days to come. it's from justice scalia who is an opponent of the act. he said look at the votes in the senate when this has been renewed. first time, it was contentious. every time since then, most recently, 2006, fewer people voted against it. it was 98-0 last time. why is that, he said. i think it's attributed to the racial entitlement that it's very difficult to get out -- to get away from that in the normal political process. in other words, he's saying you can't trust congress once it gives the voting rights act remedy to ever say that the time has come to take it away. but, i think it's fair
rosa parks at the capital across the street from the supreme court. congressman john lewis who in 1965 was at the head of a bloody sunday march in selma, alabama that helped bring about the voting rights act and gave a passioned speech in defense of the law. >> still forces in this country that will want to go back. we are not going back. we need section five and that's why we are here today standing up for the voting rights of all americans. we must never give up. never give in. never give out. >> pete williams has been there all day. pete, for congressman lewis and others, the conservative justices are missing the point that this is not about registration and turn out and polling places being move and other issues. >> for the justices, the question is when the congress reenacted the law of 2006, did it adjust the formula for covering states enough so that it reflects current reality. it's clear that they are concerned that the law is too backwards and doesn't take into account changes today. the liberal justices did their best to defend it and kagan said over half of the discriminati
for voting rights of all americans. so we must never give up. >> john lewis and every person in america who believes in equal voting rights must continue the fight. you have to wonder, what is the play here. what is the big picture. what is the big goal. i tell you what, folks. the ultimate goal for republicans is to get the federal government out of the way when it comes to voting rights in this country. you see, they want to control locally. they want local control over elections so they can come up with a new set of registration laws and control the vote. they might even come up with some kind of a panel that would determine whether you filled out the application correctly or not, and we'll get back to you, and you may have to wait a while before you're actually registered to vote. never know what they could come up with on the local level. the rights of some citizens in this country are under attack. and when that happens, we are all under attack. the republican plan, take it back to the local level, get the feds out of the way, we'll run our own backyard. and do you trust what you saw
was telling us that his sister is running for congress as a democrat in south carolina, and john lewis and james clieburn are working on an endorsement today. we'll see if that comes through. >> oh, cool. >> stephanie: that's awesome. >> yeah. >> stephanie: i saw a funny thing that he couldn't support her as his fictional character. >> yes. but he gave john lewis a great big hug when he said they were going to come up with an endorsement. >> stephanie: oh that's awesome. >> john lewis of the united mine worker's union. >> stephanie: no. >> her name is elizabeth colbert bush, and what is amazing about this is that if she gets this she is going to run against mark sanford. >> stephanie: oh that's hilarious. i'm guessing that will be featured at chicago's sexy liberal show. nineteen minutes after the hour right back on the "stephanie miller show." >> announcer: the station where the hand basket to hell leaves from. it's the "stephanie miller show." ♪ >> she gets the comedians laughing... >> that's hilarious! >> ...and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there's wiggle-roo
lewis,. we were on the steps of the supreme court and mr. clyburn stayed and mr. john lewis is holding forth over there now and it's an honor to serve in the congress of the united states was john lewis. [applause] and it is a joy to be here to honor rosa parks. when rosa parks was a little baby, her mother sang a hymn of freedom, let it ring. she would hear that hymn in church as she grew up. it became the anthem of her life and the mission of her life. as rosa parks would say years later, i would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be free too. rosa parks is being remembered with this statue in the capital, but this is not the first time her greatness has been wrecked nice. she has many connections to congress and she is no stranger to these halls. she has recognized with a congressional gold medal inscribed with the title, mother of the modern-day civil rights movement with the words inscribed, quiet strength, pride, dignity and courage. that was a great day and we honored her. she had personal connections to the house as the speaker me
's not with us or maybe has come late is john lewis. we were on the steps of the supreme court earlier this morning. mr. clyburn stated, until the start of the program. mr. john lewis is holding forth over that. it is an honor to serve in the congress of the united states with john lewis. and it is a joy to be here to honor rosa parks. when rosa parks was a little baby, her mother sang her the hymn "o freedom, let it ring." she would hear that hymn in church, too, as she grew up. it became the anthem of her life and the mission of her life. as rosa parks would say years later, i'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be free too. rosa parks is being remembered with this statue in the capitol, but this is not the first te her greatness has been recognized. here. she has many connections to congress. she is no stranger to these halls. she was recognized with a congressional gold medal and described with the title, mother of the modern day civil rights movement and with the words inscribed, quiet strength, pride, dignity and courage. that was
of, and congressman john lewis. the but. >> the book concludes with lincoln trying to get a job in zachary taylor's administration. we are talking a lot about me you're sitting the earth. well, at this time their is a talk of a me your, uh, destroying the earth. and one of lincoln's france's actually certain it will happen. but he's trying very hard to get this job, commissioner of the general land office and the fails. it's a good thing he fails. washington d.c. as a bureaucrat. he is not in illinois found in the republican party. is that moving to the forefront of the party. the problem never becomes president. as we all know history of something better in store. he ends up losing washington. one-term congressman, future very much in doubt headed back toward the state of illinois, almost as and nothing happened. >> congressman abraham lincoln arrived in washington in 1947, the reasons for his quick departure. today at 7:00 p.m. eastern part of book tv this weekend on c-span2. >> here are some of the latest headlines around in the publishing industry this past week. a class-act
to the marches in selma, alabama, as the impetus for the voting rights act. congressman john lewis participated in those marches. he was badly injured, concussed. here is what he says about the need for further oversight. whale some change has occurred, the places where the legacy of long-standing entrenched and state sponsored voting discrimination still have the most persistent, flagrant, contemporary records of discrimination in this country. in fact, he says, although section five applies to just 16 jurisdictions, those 16 areas are still responsible for, get this, john, 80% of the lawsuits which prove voting discrimination. he's absolutely right. >> right. and so shelby county wonders why the justice department wouldn't exactly take their just trust us explanation for what they were trying to do. when the court hears arguments on wednesday, we'll get a clearer idea of where the court might be going. but i have to tell you, it's going to take some amazing constitutional cha-cha for them to get around the fact that in 2006 congress, the elected representatives of the people, overwhelmingly s
civil rights leader and georgia democratic congressman, john lewis, challenged that claim. >> we have come a great distance since then due in large parts to the voting rights act, but efforts the undermine the voting power of a minority did not end in 1965. there are still forces in this country that want to take us back, to another period, but we're not going back. we've come too far. we made too much progress to go back. >> there's also the issue of precedent. the supreme court upheld the act's constitutionality back in 1966, and it's been reauthorized by congress four times. in a political op-ed, two former judiciary committee chairman, including republican jim sens sensenbrenner said, "based on ample legal precedent and our systemic review during reauthorization, we expect the supreme court to continue to declare that section 5 is critical to protecting minority voting rights." and by the way, that it's congress' job to deal with this. . >>> back to sequester, joining me now is david gregory, moderator of nbc's "meet the press." mr. gregory, good morning, on a wednesday morning. t
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